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Scotland has some of the best health service data in the world. Few other countries have information which combines high quality data, consistency, national coverage and the ability to link data to allow patient based analysis and follow up. The Information Services Division (ISD) is a division of National Services Scotland, part of NHS Scotland. ISD provides health information, health intelligence, statistical services and advice that support the NHS in progressing quality improvement in health and care and facilitates robust planning and decision making.

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Suicide in Scotland – Understanding the risks and informing preventative action

Two reports published today make a major contribution to the continuing efforts to prevent suicide in Scotland. These reports from the Information Services Division and the Scottish Public Health Observatory help Scotland’s policymakers, mental health services, local authorities and voluntary organisations to target people and places at higher risk of suicide and identify where future prevention action should be focused.

The report from the Scottish Suicide Information Database presents a profile of 4,464 suicide deaths in Scotland between 2009 and 2014. The Scottish Public Health Observatory report describes the epidemiology of suicide in Scotland in 2015 and trends in the suicide rate in recent years.

A profile of deaths by suicide in Scotland 2009-2014: a report from the Scottish Suicide Information Database Suicide Statistics for Scotland – Update of trends to 2015 [291Kb]

[10 August 2016]

Dental Registration and Participation Information Consultation

We are currently reviewing the frequency of our dental registration and participation information and are keen to have your views on this. To take part please complete the Consultation [34Kb] and email to NSS.isd-dental-info@nhs.net by Monday 15 August 2016.

NHS Performs - Latest update

NHS Performs has been updated to include information on:

  • Emergency Department activity for the week ending 14 August 2016
  • Numbers of hospital wards closed with confirmed or presumed Norovirus infections on 15 August 2016
  • Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios for quarter ending March 2016

NHS Performs

NHS Performs is a website which brings together a range of information on how hospitals and NHS Boards within NHSScotland are performing.  It aims to provide this information in an easy to access, clear and understandable way.
[23 August 2016]

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Latest Statistics

Published: 23 August 2016
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  • The HSMR for Scotland has decreased by 4.5% since January to March 2014 (first quarter after new baseline) and January to March 2016.
  • Two hospitals had significantly higher standardised mortality ratios in January to March 2016 than the national average: Belford Hospital (HSMR of 2.55) and Royal Alexandra/Vale of Leven Hospital (HSMR of 1.15).
  • Two hospitals had significantly lower standardised mortality ratios in January to March 2016 than the national average: Western General Hospital (HSMR of 0.73) and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (HSMR of 0.86).
  • Seven of the 29 hospitals participating in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme have shown a reduction in excess of 10% since January to March 2014: Balfour Hospital; Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary; Hairmyres Hospital; Monklands District General; University Hospital Ayr; Western Isles Hospital; Wishaw General Hospital.
Published: 23 August 2016
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  • There were 2,468 people diagnosed with renal cancer in Scotland between January 2012 December 2014.
  • Less than 1% of patients with renal cancer died within the 30 days following surgery as first treatment.
  • Overall, for patients diagnosed between 2010 and 2012, the estimated 5 year survival rate (all cause deaths) for patients with renal cancer is 68%. As with many other types of cancer, survival rates decrease sharply with increasing age.
  • No NHS Board met all nine performance standards.
Published: 23 August 2016
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During the week ending 14 August 2016:

  • There were 24,530 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 94% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 49 patients (0.2%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 11 patients (< 0.05%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • A selection of information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.
Published: 16 August 2016
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During the week ending 07 August 2016:

  • There were 25,343 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 94.7% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 56 patients (0.2%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 0 patients (0%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • A selection of information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.
Published: 16 August 2016
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  • The total number of items dispensed, in Primary Care, in May 2016 was 8.7 million, an increase of 3.2% compared to May 2015. This is a continuation of a long standing trend.
  • The cost of items dispensed, in Primary Care, in May 2016 was 96.8 million, an increase of 7.1% compared to May 2015. This is a continuation of a long standing trend.
  • A large proportion of this increase is due to the shift from hospital to provision through community pharmacies. An example of this is the treatment of patients with Hepatitis C.
  • The Prescribing dashboard shows the highest-cost therapeutic areas in terms of prescriptions in the community.
    • Drugs used to manage Diabetes was the highest-cost area of prescribing across Scotland in May 2016 (total cost of items dispensed was 7.9 million).
    • The Second highest spend was on Analgesics, for all severities of pain-relief. (Total cost of items dispensed was 6.4 million).
Published: 10 August 2016
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  • There were 672 probable suicides registered in Scotland in 2015, down from 696 in 2014.
  • In 2015, the probable suicide rate for males was more than two-and-a-half times that for females.
  • Between 2011 and 2015, the probable suicide rate was more than three times higher in the most deprived areas compared to the least deprived areas.
  • While probable suicide rates are strongly related to deprivation level, this difference or inequality has decreased between 2001-05 and 2011-15.
  • Although Scotland appears to have had a higher suicide rate than the UK overall since the early 1990s, this comparison is influenced by differences in data recording practices between countries.
  • The suicide rate in Scotland is similar to the rate in other European countries.
Published: 10 August 2016
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  • Between 2009 and 2014 nearly 4,500 individuals died from suicide in Scotland, equivalent to 15 suicides for every 100,000 people per year, after allowing for age and sex.
  • Around three-quarters of the deaths were in men (73%), in those unmarried/not partnered (71%), and in those who were employed (71%). Almost half (47%) were aged 35-54 at the time of their suicide.
  • Suicides were around three times more likely in those from the most deprived areas than those in the least deprived areas.
  • Of women who died by suicide in Scotland, one in four had given birth to one or more children in the previous 16 years.
  • 5% of individuals who died by suicide had been discharged from a mental health hospital, and 6% had a mental health outpatient appointment in the 30 days before their death.
  • One in four people who died by suicide attended A&E in the three months before they died, and 9% of people attended A&E multiple times within the same window.
  • The majority (60%) of individuals who died by suicide had been prescribed a mental health drug in the year prior to their death.
  • Hanging and strangulation were the most common methods of suicide among men and young women, while poisoning was the most common method for women of other ages.
Published: 09 August 2016
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  • The audit covers over 46 000 patients admitted to critical care units in NHSScotland during 2015.
  • Intensive Care Units treat patients with a high level of complexity, with 2 out of 3 patients requiring the most advanced levels of support.
  • 20% of patients admitted to Intensive Care Units died before they were discharged from hospital.
  • Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Intensive Care Unit has a higher mortality rate compared to the rest of Scotland. The reasons behind a high mortality rate can be complex; therefore an external review has been commissioned to better understand this.
  • Glasgow Royal Infirmary Intensive Care Unit has a lower mortality rate compared to the rest of Scotland.
  • Some patients continue to experience delays in being discharged from critical care. The main reason identified for the delays were a shortage of beds in other areas of the hospital.
  • In 2015, 2.8% of patients developed a Healthcare Associated Infection (1.3% developed pneumonia, and 1.5% had a bloodstream infection). The level of infection is unchanged from 2014.
  • For most bloodstream infections, there was a central venous catheter in place around the time of infection.
Published: 09 August 2016
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  • Over the last decade there has been a 41% increase in the number of hip and knee replacements performed in Scotland, from 11,189 in 2005 to 15,781 in 2015.
  • Overall the number of complications following surgery has reduced, although the number of patients experiencing renal failure within 30 days of surgery has increased in recent years.
  • The average age of patients having hip or knee replacements is 67.
  • 282 patients (2.2%) who had a hip or knee replacement in 2010 had to have revision surgery within 5 years.
  • 34 patients (0.2%) who had a hip or knee replacement in 2015 died within 90 days of their operation, which is similar to the mortality rate within the general population.
  • Patients undergoing hip or knee replacements spend half as long in hospital as they did 15 years ago. In 2015, the average length of a hospital stay was 5 days, compared to 10 days in 2001
Published: 09 August 2016
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During the week ending 31 July 2016:

  • There were 24,920 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 95.5% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 52 patients (0.2%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 0 patients (0%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
Published: 02 August 2016
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  • For the two year reporting period 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2015 uptake was 57.5%, which was broadly similar to the uptake rate reported for the period 1 November 2012 to 31 October 2014. However, analysis by single year reveals that while uptake rates have steadily increased over time (going from 53.9% when the programme started in 2007/08 to a high of 58.5% in 2013/14) there was a decrease in uptake in 2014/15 to 56.5%.
  • Uptake was lower in areas of higher deprivation. Uptake in the most deprived group was 45.1% compared with 66.5% in the least deprived group.
  • Nearly two percent of those returning their screening kit received a positive test result. Of those with a positive test result, 6.7% had a bowel cancer.
  • Three out of five screen detected cancers (61.1%) were diagnosed at the earliest two stages. The earlier a cancer is detected the greater the chances are of successful treatment.
Published: 02 August 2016
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  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during June 2016 was 31,774, an increase of 2.8% from 30,904 during June 2015.
  • 2,997 operations (9.4% of planned operations) were cancelled either by the hospital or by the patient, with individual NHS Boards ranging from 4.3% to 13.2%. This is an increase from 2,754 (8.9%) in June 2015.
  • Of all planned operations: 1,192 (3.8%) were cancelled by the patient; 1,036 (3.3%) were cancelled based on clinical reasons by the hospital; 602 (1.9%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons; 167 (0.5%) were due to other reasons.
Published: 02 August 2016
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In the month of June 2016:

  • There were 139,300 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.
  • 95.7% of attendances at A&E services were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 368 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.
  • 51 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.
  • 24% of attendances (around one in four) led to an admission to hospital.
Published: 02 August 2016
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During the week ending 24 July 2016:

  • There were 25,862 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 94.4% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 94 patients (0.4%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.o 11 patients (< 0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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ISD works with information collected about patients and the NHSScotland workforce. We work very hard to ensure the safe and secure storage, use and management of that information.

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Media Monitoring

If you would like to know more about what is going on in the health service, you may be interested in Information Services Library's media monitoring service. This provides twice daily updates on health related stories being reported in the Scottish media.

Media Monitoring

National Data Catalogue

The National Data Catalogue (NDC) is a single definitive resource of information on Scottish Health and Social Care datasets that incorporates the Data Dictionary, information on the National Datasets and New Developments.

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ScotPHO

ScotPHO, The Scottish Public Health ObservatoryThe Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO) is a major web resource that has been developed by ISD Scotland in collaboration with NHS Health Scotland and other key national organisations.

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